The Red Barn

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
  • Company/Firm
    Cecconi Simone Inc.
  • Lead Designer
    Elaine Cecconi / Anna Simone
  • Interior Designer
    Cecconi Simone Inc.
  • Location
    Cambridge, Ontario
  • Project Date
    September 2020

This 2.3-acre property includes a 725sm barn from the early 1800s. The brief was to restore the main barn and convert it to residential usage while maintaining the authenticity and character. After many years of disuse, the property and barns were derelict. Structural issues, water penetration, mold, rotted timbers, lack of proper wall footings/foundations, no insulation were challenges encountered. In addition, as the property is a heritage building protected items include windows, doors, barn cladding, stone foundation walls and roofing. While the interiors are not considered heritage, every effort was made to keep, and restore existing elements. In addition to the restoration, a new vestibule was added to link the Main Barn to the Addition and to create the main entry. Attempting to recreate the architecture of the barn would be inauthentic; rather, the vestibule is a mirrored box which is designed to reflect the buildings and nature around it. An inspiring transformation from a deserted run-down barn to a warm and inviting home, The Red Barn restoration has been thoughtfully and respectfully executed. The barn vernacular is celebrated while incorporating modern-day amenities.